Parents: Help your family become smart about the sun.
A child's skin is thinner than the skin of an adult. Cover all exposed areas of your child's skin with clothing as much as possible. Important items to remember are hats, long sleeve shirts and sun glasses.
Thirty minutes before going outside, begin applying sunscreen to your child's skin to allow time for the sunscreen to be absorbed. Remember to apply it vulnerable areas such as the back of their neck, ears, shoulders and even their scalp.
When selecting an appropriate sunscreen, begin with one that has an SPF of at least 15. This should be applied even on cloudy days. Even though the sun may not appear to be out it could still be causing harmful damage.
Reapply sunscreen on your child every few hours throughout the day to keep them protected. This is even more important on days your child is swimming or sweating.
Children easily become dehydrated on hot summer days. Maintain a steady intake of fluids for you child throughout the day and seek shade as often as possible, especially when the sun is at its strongest, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
To avoid serious burns, check items that have been exposed to the sun such as car seats, playground equipment, lawn chairs, motor vehicle seats, and toys to be sure they are not too hot prior to use.